Kids Need to Know They’ve Got a Grown Up in Their Corner

“Wouldn’t it be terrific, if by the end of 2016, Marty could report to us that we were serving 100 percent of the kids who need it?

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan posed this question in her remarks during the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association’s annual NH Auto Show Charity Night Preview.

This sneak peek for automobile enthusiasts and some of New Hampshire’s movers and shakers, serves as a fundraiser for CASA of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Automotive Education Foundation. This year’s event featured a casino-night theme, inviting guests to play casino games with fake money to win tickets for a slate of raffle prizes, plus food, drink and networking opportunities.

During her remarks at the event, Gov. Hassan underscored the importance of CASA’s advocacy for the state’s abused and neglected children, and thanked CASA CEO and President Marty Sink for doing “what Granite-Staters at our best do” — seeing a need for better representation the best interests of children in foster care, and stepping up to make a difference rather than waiting for someone else to do it first.

The governor encouraged attendees to take action, whether by donating or becoming a volunteer themselves.

“You have a chance to be a voice for a kid who really needs you,” Gov. Hassan said. “And more than anything else, what kids need to know is that they’ve got a grown up in their corner. And we all wish in a perfect world that families would be that grown up always, but then just sometimes they’re not. And for whatever reason, it’s not the child’s fault.”

Ahead of Gov. Hassan’s remarks, Marty recognized CASA’s  more than 400 volunteers for their unflagging advocacy for New Hampshire’s children so “they can realize what every child is worthy and deserving of and that is a safe, permanent home.” CASA is currently meeting about 85 percent of the need. Support like that of the NHADA helps CASA to grow the program as it strives to reach 100 percent of New Hampshire’s children who need a passionate, tireless advocate to give them a voice in court.

Watch the governor’s full remarks in the video above and Marty’s remarks in the video below.

Thank you to the NHADA for its continued support of CASA of New Hampshire. We look forward to next year’s event.